Armada’s E3 picks: Xenoblade Chronicles X (12/04/15)

 

This title will be the beginning twilight of the Wii U. if you missed it the Nintendo X (or NX) is the name of the next great console from Nintendo, but we won’t know anymore until next year. As such the Wii U days will be numbered, sad but exciting, because at the very least the NX will be an upgraded version of the Wii U. At most it will the most powerful (if not the most creative) console on the market; either way the 3rd party developers will not have any more excuses. Anywho (and Speaking of big giant robots) Xenoblade Chronicles X will be large, open world adventure where players are newly awaken in an alien world of Mira after escaping the destruction of Earth. With what’s left of humanity you help create a new home by finding more survivors, exploring the planet, and of course taming the wild beasties of Mira. The bad news about that though is some of the creatures are several stories tall, but the good news is that we get awesome mechs (called Skells) to help fight them off with (eventually). All of the this people is merely the beginning of the game too. Like I said the game is large and between going on sub quests, customizing yourself and your mech, recruiting characters, discovering lore, and possibly encountering the same alien forces that obliterate the earth Wii U owners will definitely have something to play throughout Christmas season.

 

And with that I’m done with my E3 picks for this year, even with doing it (almost) every day it took a while. Since it’s almost the end of the summer we all got to get ready for the Fall of Games and I, well, I got some CYOA answer keys to make for you guys don’t I – stay tune.

 

 

 

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Armada’s E3 picks: Transformers Devastation (10/06/15)

 

Forget monsters, forget zombies, forget dinosaurs, and the rest – the true master race is robots and reasons are oblivious (metal skin, made of weapons, relentless, etc.). The king of robots will always be Transformers because in addition to the all the advantages of a robot of they also transform into awesome things like tanks, guns and yes robotic dinosaurs (plus they’re iconic characters of the 80’s so yay). The last Transformers game I’ve played was the High Moon Studio treat “Transformers: Fall of Cybertron” and it was great, but Transformers Devastation may even beat it. To start it did something no other Transformers game has ever done, get the look like the old show – it’s amazing! Several of the voice actors from the original series are also reprising their roles in the game – awesome! Finally the game’s being developed by PlatinumGames Inc. so you know it will be the most kinetic, fuel injected, ball-bearings to the wall Transformers games to date. And the best thing is that we only got to wait a month and a half before we can transform and roll out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Armada’s E3 picks: Metroid Prime – Federation Force (2016)

 

You know, it never ceases to amaze me how many people will bash a game (a movie, a show, etc) for one thing or another before they play (watch) it. Nintendo seem to draw a lot a fire from these type of people as well. When ‘The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker’ was announced and people saw the game cel-shaded art style people lost their minds – until they played the game and it was fine. The Wii U constantly bashed for its lack of 3rd party support (yeah because that’s Nintendo’s fault) or how the system is not “next gen” compared to the PS4 or Xbox One – until they played it (and their excellent library of games) and it was fine. Now we have Metroid Prime: Federation Force; an interesting 3DS co-op title that uses four players to team up and take down objectives in the Metroid universe. Now you’d think reasonable people would play this game before casting judgements on it, but when you’re on the internet reason and logic go right out the window. There is Petition for the cancellation of this game, before the general public can even have a chance to play it, the loudest minority deems it a failure. They’re being ridiculous, and why, because Samus is not the main character? Because it’s not a “true Metroid” sequel? No matter the game series, characters change and genres change within them as well, sooner or later. So people, do me a favor, and just play the game – it will be fine.

 

 

 

 

Armada’s E3 picks: Horizon – Zero Dawn (2016)

 

In this PS4 exclusive it’s the end of the world (naturally), and not only did humanity get a beat down (by robotic enemy I assume) but it was one that smacked them back to the hunter-gatherer days. Forget plasma weapons, power armor, and V.A.T.S., in order for you to survive you need a bow and arrow, quick wits, and some good luck (especially when your enemies are giant beast machines). It’s not all surviving by the skin of your teeth; players will also interact with the different tribes of the world, explore the beautiful landscape of the wild lands or the city ruins, and uncover what happen when the world went to crap. Horizon may not be Fallout 4 (and what is really) but it might be the thinking mans (or womans) Turok the Dinosaur Hunter. When adventure goes hand in hand with mystery and the majority of your enemies will be bigger, stronger, better armed, and more of them than you. It will be the ultimate test of man v machine v nature for supremacy of the new earth and I have a feeling that players will enjoy every minute of it.

 

 

 

Armada’s E3 picks: Genei Ibun Roku #FE (2016)

 

JRPGs, like the country that spawned them, they’re quite unique. Characters, stories, setting, even combat and controls can be a stark difference from other games. Heck the Final Fantasy series are the more ‘normal’ JRPG series out there, while others are straight up off the wall. Genei Ibun Roku #FE (name not final) is somewhere in the middle. Based in the a modern Tokyo #FE stars three friends whose thrown into the unknown by joining with entities called Mirages. Oddly enough these entities bear a striking resemblance to the more resent Fire Emblem franchise of characters. Now, as mirages masters, they must protect world from malevolent mirages that want to steal the talent from humans and turn them into colorless zombies. Like I said: unique. For more info watch the video, and practice your J-Pop for #FE next year.

 

 

 

Armada’s E3 picks: Ghost Recon – Wildlands (TBA)

 

Now for something somewhat new: Bolivia is rugged country with mountains, plateaus, lowland plains. Filled with resources like tin, natural gas, petroleum, silver, iron, lead, gold, etc. Well in the upcoming title, Ghost Recon Wildlands, it becomes the stage and settling for a drug cartel to end all drug cartels. The Santa Blanca are power personified; controlling the republic through money, narcotics, and the corrupted goverment themselves. The only way to stop them is to destroy them from the inside out. As part of the legendary strike team, The Ghosts, you must use any means necessary to break the Santa Blanca strangle hold on Central America. And in this versatile open world experience your actions will indeed have consequences. Watch the trailer and start planning, the world won’t save itself.

 

 

 

Armada’s E3 picks: Kingdom Hearts 3 (TBA)

 

So now that the Last Guardian has finally been announced and has a feasible release date of 2016; we need a new video game series that’s been around forever but refuses to have a release date on their 3rd game in the line. Oooo… Sorry Half Life 3, Kingdom Hearts 3 has you beat because they just released a new trailer at E3 this year. Still ‘Now in Development’ the game may not be out for a while, but the trailer has shown me that they’re still on the right track (at least graphically). I may not be able to remember the story by the time it finally comes out but I’ll still play it.